Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus
Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, is one of the all-time classics. Written by Mary Shelley in 1818, the story has become one of the most popular works of literature, it’s up there with the likes of Dracula, The Invisible Man, and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It’s so popular people who have not read the book or seen any of the films can still name Frankenstein’s monster.
The book gives us a disturbingly realistic look at ourselves, our psyche and our behaviour, from different points of view. We see the intentions of the ‘creator’ or scientist, Victor Frankenstein, the needs and desires of his creation, and the reaction of the people who come in to contact with him.
A beautiful if slightly disturbing story which after even all these years can still captivate and excite the imagination.
Frankenstein is a dark, macabre novel which has Romantic and Gothic literary influences but can also be classed as one of the earliest science fiction novels as many of the issues dealt with in the book are issues and questions we are facing today; human cloning for example.
A scientist, (Dr Victor Frankenstein) believes that he has the right to create human life so sets about the gruesome task of collecting and assembling body parts for his experiment. After 2 long years Frankenstein’s monster has been created and Victor is about to be shown the grim reality of what playing with the natural process of life can really be like. Frankenstein is certainly a classic tale which has inspired many literary writers, film and play writes since its publication, in fact more than 20 versions have been released through film, play and TV and even more have been released as loose adaptations of the story.
A controversial book that at the time was both loved and despised, it’s not until the mid 20th century that people really started to see the novel as the work of genius that it is. With all of the moral, ethical, and religious questions it raises it’s easy to see why people at the time didn’t like it. It makes us question things we normally don’t want, or try to question. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a much loved book which I’m sure will still be popular 100 years from now.